The Most Important Moroccan Feminist You’ve Never Heard Of
Preeminent arabophone feminist author Malika Moustadraf (1969-2006) passed away at the age of 37 with just two books and a handful of articles to her name. So what is it about her work that makes her such lauded cult figure of Moroccan letters? And how did her life as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and chronic illness inform her work, her beliefs, and how she was received?
Come and hear extracts from her groundbreaking texts and a discussion of her story and its unique relevance to contemporary Moroccan feminism.
Alice Guthrie is an Arabic literary translator and editor, and programmes literature at Shubbak. The winner of the Jules Chametzky Translation Prize 2019, she is currently translating Malika Moustadraf and researching her life story.
Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian author. Her first novel, ‘Out of It,’ was published by Bloomsbury. She won first prize for the Italian translation of the Premio Opera Prima, in Spoleto in 2019. She has written radio plays, short stories and writes for film and stage. Her non-fiction has appeared in the Guardian, London Review of Books among others.